Local Government Bulletin - Volume 7, Issue 5, 2005
Volume 7, Issue 5, 2005
Source: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 1 –3 (2005)More Less
With the upcoming local government election drawing closer, gender representation has become an issue once again. The use of a quota policy to address the problem of under-representation of women has been the subject of heated debate. This debate has brought to the fore the role of parties' policies on gender representation within the context of the current electoral system.
Author Coel KirbySource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 4 –6 (2005)More Less
The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) will spend R15 to R20 billion on labour-intensive projects by 2009. The short-term goal is to create a million temporary jobs to alleviate poverty, especially in rural areas. The EPWP promotes longer-term employment through learnerships and other programmes targeting unskilled labourers. Though it was officially launched in September 2004, many municipalities have yet to implement the EPWP.
Author Achmat ToefySource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 7 –8 (2005)More Less
Many people aggrieved by decisions made by municipalities have latched on to the fact that they have the right to appeal in terms of section 62 of the Municipal Systems Act. Municipalities have recently experienced a significant increase in the number of appeals lodged in terms of section 62. This has led to municipalities having to grapple with the parameters and practical implications of section 62. This is particularly so in the context of the adjudication of tenders. This article highlights a few of the difficulties in this regard.
Community development workers : at the heart of participatory democracy and developmental local governmentSource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 10 –11 (2005)More Less
In his 2003 State of the Nation Address, President Thabo Mbeki announced that "government will create a public service echelon of multi-skilled community development workers". The community development worker (CDW) programme is an effort to deepen democracy at the local level and is intended to give citizens direct access to government in a people-centred way. It is hoped that this people-centred approach will bring government to the doorsteps of individual citizens in keeping with the principles of <I>Batho Pele</I> (people first). In this regard, it is not a separate initiative but is designed to support initiatives at the local, provincial and national spheres of government.
Author Lehlohonolo Kennedy MahlatsiSource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 14 –15 (2005)More Less
The Speaker of the Lejweleputswa District Municipality convened a council meeting on 15 July 2003 in which he purported to appoint a commission of enquiry to investigate alleged irregularities at that district municipality. The particular item on the agenda of the meeting read "Appointment of a Commission of Enquiry".
Source: Local Government Bulletin 7 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... LOCAL GOVERNMENT BULLETIN 16 Making headlines Millions unspent in struggling municipalities Local authorities have been struggling to spend their capital budget, according to a report in Business Day on 5 September 2005. Municipal budgets totalled R101 billion in the 2004-05 fiscal year, with the capital budget dwarfed by the combined operating budget of R84 billion. Only R17 billion is allocated to capital projects. Salaries take up the largest chunk of the operating budget, accounting for 30% (R25 billion). The figures show the average pay packet for a senior municipal manager is R419 979, with the average highest in Gauteng (R530 ..